Philippines: washed into the sea

Small truck washed into the sea

This is another disaster for Basey, a small town on Samar island. The storm surge of super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) washed this waste collection truck into Basey’s harbour, leaving Basey without household waste collection. The waste piled up in the streets, and Basey is relying on the United Nations for waste collection until today, more than 100 days after Yolanda.

Philippines – Yolanda hiding cars

Even more than 100 days after Yolanda, many cars are still damaged and in the place they ended up in when the storm was over. Including several hundred cars that were washed into Tacloban’s harbour, together with their owners.

Philippines – coconut down

Philippines - damaged coconut trees

For the rural population relying on coconut farming, Yolanda was not only a disaster because it destroyed their homes. For the next eight to ten years, the time until the newly planted coconut trees will bear the same fruit as before Yolanda, they will be struggling.

Philippines – Yolanda took it away

Coconut trees and basketball court destroyed by super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The sheer wind force of super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) destroyed more than 90% of the palm trees in its path. Coconut farmers will be devoid of their regular income during the next eight to ten years.

Philippines – stranded ships after Yolanda (Haiyan)

stranded ship Ligaya V

This ship had slaughterhouse waste on board, which annoyed the neighbours quite a bit. In tropical temperatures rotting meat in these quantities constitutes a massive health problem. Actually it is not the meat itself, but rats and flies that feed and breed on it. I wonder if it was an angry neighbour who set the bridge on fire?

Tacloban, a sunny day on Santo Niño dumpsite

scavengers on a waste dumpsite

A sunny day on Santo Niño (Holy Child) dumpsite in Tacloban. How many people can you find in this photograph?